Mission:Southwestern Community College District serves a diverse community of students by providing a wide range of dynamic and high qualityeducational programs and comprehensive student services. The District provides educational opportunities in the following areas:associate degree and certificate programstransferprofessional, technical, and career advancementbasic skillspersonal enrichmentnoncredit adult educationcommunity services; andeconomic, workforce, and community developmentWe promote student learning and success by committing tocontinuous improvement that includes planning, implementation,assessment, and evaluation.Guiding Principles:Southwestern College is chartered by the State of California toprovide lower-division educational programs that prepare studentsfor transfer to senior institutions, career and technical programsleading to direct entry into the workforce or career advancement.It is also chartered to provide basic skills that prepare students forcollege-level educational pursuits and to contribute to the economicdevelopment of our region. Within that context, the GoverningBoard adopted the Southwestern College Mission Statement.Selecting a program of study is one of the most important decisionsa student will make. The following pages present a complete listing ofprograms, degree requirements and courses, as well as informationabout the many services the College District provides to assiststudents in reaching their educational goals.Southwestern College offers many transfer and vocational/careerprograms in a variety of departments which are needed to preparea student for transfer to a college or university or employment inbusiness and industry. In addition to the major educational programstaught at the Chula Vista campus, the College District also offerscourses at Higher Education Centers throughout the South Countyarea and the Crown Cove Aquatic Center in Coronado.Faculty and staff at Southwestern College have earned an outstandingreputation. Faculty possess substantial academic and professionalbackgrounds. Whether they are writing books, composing musicor digging for the archaeological remains of ancient civilizations,Southwestern College faculty members distinguish themselvesamong college educators. Faculty are appreciated by their studentsbecause they are excellent teachers, are accessible and are committedto student success.Southwestern College History:The Southwestern Community College District, located south ofSan Diego and extending to the U.S.-Mexico border, is one of 72community college districts in the California community collegesystem. It serves as the primary source of college education forapproximately 400,000 residents of the South San Diego Countyarea including the communities of Bonita, Chula Vista, Coronado,Imperial Beach, National City, Nestor, Otay Mesa, Palm City, SanYsidro and Sunnyside.College Catalog Addendums:Addendums to the Southwestern Community College Catalog canbe found at Addendums contain important updatesto graduation, degree and transfer information after the catalog hasbeen printed. It is the responsibility of students to check for CatalogAddendums.2012–2013 Catalog TeamCover Art: Brenda MoraEditorial: Veronica Burton, Mark Samuels, Susan Soy, JeffreyFischer, Brian EbaloCurriculum Contents: Veronica Burton, Mark Samuels, Susan Soy,Jeffrey Fischer, Brian EbaloDesign and Layout: Brenda MoraPhotography: Jeff Dillon, Jose Islas, Brenda Mora2012-2013 Southwestern College Catalog

President’s messageWelcome to Southwestern College and the new 2012-13 academic year.More than 500,000 students have followed their dreams of higher education at Southwestern Collegesince it opened in 1961. As you join the legacy of students who have attended our institution, Iencourage you to use this catalog to chart the course to achieve your goals.Southwestern College offers more than 312 degree and certificate options at our Chula Vista campusand Higher Education Centers in National City, San Ysidro, Otay Mesa and the Crown Cove AquaticCenter. Whether this is your first semester with us, or you are finishing the last classes before youtransfer, our dedicated faculty, staff and administrators are here to help you achieve your goals.For the past five years, we have seen the effects of a faltering economy. This economic downturncontinues to challenge our ability to offer our students all the courses and services you need. Topreserve as much of our academic program as possible, all of our employees took a 5 percent paycut this year. I thank them for their dedication to you, the students. This sacrifice allows us to keepmore classes open and more services available to you.We know the economy will improve, and Southwestern College wants to be prepared for theeducational changes and emerging industries that will face your future. This fall and spring, ourcampus community will engage our faculty, staff, students and the public in a master planning processthat will guide Southwestern’s future. I encourage you to become involved in this effort.I wish you the best for a successful year.Melinda Nish, Ed.D.Superintendent/President Southwestern College Catalog 2012-2013

Table of ContentsACADEMIC CALENDAR.INSIDE COVERFREQUENTLY CALLED NUMBERS. 7PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE. 2GOVERNING BOARD OF THE SOUTHWESTERNCOMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT. 4DIVERSITY INITIATIVE. 8GETTING TO KNOW SOUTHWESTERN COLLEGE. 8Equal Employment Opportunity Policy Statement.8Mission Statement.1Guiding Principles.1Southwestern College History.1, 8Education Centers.9-12Southwestern College—Approvals and Accreditations.6Southwestern College Foundation.13HOW TO APPLY AND REGISTER. 15Step 1 Admissions—Apply to Attend Southwestern College. 15Programs Requiring Special Application for Admission.16Residency Requirements.17Step 2 Assessment, Orientation and Advisement. 21Who Should Be Assessed.21Assessment and Graduation Requirements.22Orientation and Advisement Sessions.22Matriculation Petitions.22Classification of Students.23Step 3 Registration. 24Change of Records.24Course Enrollment Policies.24Step 4 Pay Fees and Apply for Financial Aid. 27Refunds.27Financial Aid.29Step 5 Send your Transcripts. 30Step 6 Access College Services. 31How to Maintain Good Academic Standing.31How to Achieve an AA/AS Degree.32How to Achieve a Transfer to another College or University.32ACADEMICS—POLICIES, REGULATIONS, GRADUATIONREQUIREMENTS AND EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS. 30Courses and Credit.31Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs).31Course Classifications.31Online Courses.32Transfer Courses.33Nontraditional and Alternative Course Credit.34Honors Program.36Advanced Placement Test . .39Course Restrictions.47Grades: Grading System, Academic Progress, Probation, andDisqualification.48Grading System.48Academic Record Symbols.48Academic Progress, Probation, and Disqualification.50Graduation Evaluation.50Graduation and Certification Requirements.51Proficiency Requirements.53General Education Plans.54General Education Courses Common to all Patterns.65Educational Options.66Course Certificate.66Certificate of Achievement.66Certificate of Proficiency.66Certificate of Completion.66Degree Programs.66Special Notes.67STUDENT AFFAIRS AND other college SERVICESfor students. 67Services for Students.67Academic Success Center.70Health Services.70Library.70Learning Resource Center.70Admissions.67Articulation.70Assessment Center.67Career Center.68Cashier’s Office.68Center for Technical Education and Career Success (CTECS).68Counseling and Personal Development.68Disability Support Services.68Evaluations Office.68Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS).68Financial Aid.69Outreach.69Personal Wellness.69Student Employment Services.69Transfer Center.69Veterans Services.70Women’s Resource Center.70Service Learning.69Student Life.71Associated Student Organization.71Campus Clubs.71Intercollegiate Athletics.71Fine and Performing Arts.72Student Rights and Responsibilities.72Student Right-to-Know.72Academic Adjustment Procedure.73Student Conduct.74Academic Integrity.74Standards of Student Conduct.75Disruption in the Classroom, College Offices, and/or Events.75Student Grade Dispute Procedures.76Student Grievance Procedures.77Sexual Assault Policy.81Prohibition of Harrassment and Discrimination Policy.81Student Records: Privacy and Rights Policy.84Smoking and Tobacco Products Policy.86MAJORS LIST. 87DISCIPLINE LIST. 91ASSOCIATE DEGREE AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS. 92COURSES AND DESCRIPTIONS.264FACULTY, STAFF, AND ADMINISTRATION.416Superintendent/President.4Vice Presidents.4Deans.5Administrators, Classified Managers, and Supervisors. 429Faculty. 430Faculty Emeriti. 436Classified Professionals. 440A–Z GUIDE—IMPORTANT TERMS.444INDEX.446CAMPUS MAPS.4592012-2013 Southwestern College Catalog

Governing Board of theSouthwestern Community College DistrictNorma L. Hernandez, PresidentHumberto Peraza, Vice PresidentTim NaderJean Roesch, Ed.D.Terri ValladolidJuan Luis Espinoza, Student Trustee(June 2012–May 2013)Melinda Nish, Ed.D.Superintendent/PresidentExecutive Leadership TeamSuperintendent/PresidentMelinda NishSuperintendent/PresidentEd.D., Fielding Graduate UniversityM.A., University of UtahVice PresidentsSteven CrowVice President for Business and Financial AffairsMED., Northern Arizona UniversityB.A., Prescott College, ArizonaAlbert Romàn, D.P.A.Vice President for Human ResourcesD.P.A., University of La VerneM.P.A., University of La Verne Southwestern College Catalog 2012-2013Angelica L. Suarez, Ph.D.Vice President for Student AffairsLoyola University Chicago, Ph.D.B.S., M.S., California State University, Long BeachA.A., East Los Angeles CollegeKathy Tyner, M.S.Vice President for Academic AffairsM.S., University of Southern California, Los AngelesB.S., Pepperdine University

College Leadership—DEANSDonna ArnoldRichard FieldingChristine PerriDean, Higher Education Centers atOtay Mesa and San YsidroB.A., M.A., University of San DiegoJoel LevineMink StavengaTerry DavisMia McClellanDean, School of Arts and CommunicationB.A., University of San DiegoM.S., San Diego State UniversitySilvia CornejoDean, School of Health, Exercise Science,and Athletics; and Departments of AppliedTechnology, CIS/Electronics, Administration ofJusticeB.S., San Diego State UniversityM.H.A., Chapman UniversityInterim Dean, School of Mathematics, Science,and EngineeringB.S., University of California, DavisM.S., California State University, HaywardDean, School of Language and LiteratureM.Ed., Ed.D., Columbia UniversityDean, Office of Student ServicesA.A., Mira Costa CollegeB.A., San Diego State UniversityM.Ed., University of San DiegoMark Meadows, Ph.D.Dean, School of Social Sciences and Humanities;and Department of Business, Accounting andOffice Information SystemsB.S., M.S., Ph.D., University of AkronDean, Higher Education Center at NationalCity; and Crown Cove Aquatic CenterA.A.S., City University of New YorkB.S., M.A., New York UniversityDean, Instructional Support Services; andSchool of Continuing Education, Economics andWorkforce DevelopmentBSc, University of Kent at Canterbury, EnglandM.B.A., DBA, United States InternationalUniversity, San DiegoBeatrice Zamora-AguilarDean, School of Counseling and MatriculationA.A., Mt. San Antonio Community CollegeB.A., California State University, FullertonM.S., San Diego State UniversitySchools, centers and departmentsArts & CommunicationBuilding 700 Visual Arts Performing Arts CommunicationContinuing Education, Economic &Workforce DevelopmentBuilding 660 Center for International TradeContinuing EducationContracting Opportunities CenterSmall Business Development CenterCounseling & Personal DevelopmentCesar E. Chavez Building S200 CalWORKsCounseling and Personal DevelopmentDisability Support ServicesEOPSCrown Cove Aquatic CenterSilver Strand State Beach, Coronado Outdoor Aquatic RecreationBoating and Water Safety InstructionCommunity Safety ProgramYouth Camps and Group ProgramsDepartments of Accounting andBusiness Administration, OfficeInformation SystemsRoom 215 Accounting Business Administration Office Information SystemsDepartments of Applied Technology,Administration of Justice, andCIS/ElectronicsRoom 1000K Administration of JusticeApplied TechnologyComputer Information SystemsElectronicsHealth, Exercise Science & AthleticsBuilding 1000 Health Exercise Science/AthleticsHigher Education Center atNational City Dental Hygiene Medical Laboratory Technology Medical Office ProfessionHigher Education Center at Otay Mesa Community, Economic and UrbanDevelopment Emergency Medical Technology (EMT) Fire Science Technology Insurance International Business International Logistics andTransportation Law Enforcement Training Academy Leadership and Supervision Nursing and Health Occupations Office Information Systems Bilingual Paramedic (EMTP) Payroll Clerk Travel and TourismHigher Education Center at San Ysidro Child Development Legal Translation and InterpretationLanguage and LiteratureBuilding 430 EnglishEnglish as a Second Language (ESL)World LanguagesReadingLearning ResourcesBuilding 210 Distance Learning Library & Learning ResourcesMathematics, Science & EngineeringBuilding 340 Life Science Mathematics Physical SciencesSocial Sciences & HumanitiesBuilding 470 Behavioral Sciences Humanities Social Sciences & Cultural Studies2012-2013 Southwestern College Catalog

Accreditations and ApprovalsAccreditationsSouthwestern College is accredited by the following agencies:The Accrediting Commission forCommunity and Junior Colleges of theWestern Association of Schools andColleges (WASC)10 Commercial Boulevard, Suite 204Novato, CA 94949-6107415-506-0234www.accjc.orgAmerican Dental AssociationCommission on Dental Accreditation211 E. Chicago AvenueChicago, IL 60611-2678312-440-4653www.ada.orgCommission on Accreditation of AlliedHealth Education Programs (CAAHEP)1361 Park StreetClearwater, Florida33756 727-210-2350www.caahep.orgCommission on Accreditation of AlliedHealth Education Program (CAAHEP) incollaboration with:Accreditation Review Committee onEducation in Surgical Technology andSurgical Assisting (ARC-ST)6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110Littleton, CO 80120303-694-9262303-741-3655 Faxwww.arcst.orgCoAEMSPCommittee on Accreditation ofEducational Programs for the EMSProfessions8301 Lakeview Pkwy., Suite 111-312Rowlett, TX 75088National League for Nursing AccreditingCommission, Inc. (NLNAC)3343 Peachtree Road NE Ste. 850Atlanta, Georgia 30326404-975-5000www.nlnac.orgState of California Department of JusticeCommission on Peace Officer Standardsand Training1601 Alhambra BoulevardSacramento, CA Accrediting Agency for ClinicalLaboratory Sciences5600 N. River Rd.Suite 720Rosemont, IL 60018-5119ApprovalsSouthwestern College offers programs which are approved by:California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education1227 “O” Street, Ste 314Sacramento, CA 95814P.O. Box 989006West Sacramento, CA Board of Registered Nursing1625 North Market Blvd. Ste N217Sacramento, CA 95834-1924916-322-3350 Board of Vocational Nursing and PsychiatricTechnicians2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 205Sacramento, CA 95833-2919 Department of Health Services Licensing andCertification Aide and Technician Certification Section (ATCS)P.O. Box 997416, MS 3301Sacramento, CA 95899-7377Email: [email protected](916) 327-2445 Southwestern College Catalog 2012-2013California Department of Public Health Laboratory Field ServicesSection (ATCS)850 Marina Bay Parkway Bldg. PRichmond, CA 94804-6403510-620-3800 of San Diego Emergency Medical Services (EMS)6255 Mission Gorge RoadSan Diego, CA grams/phs/emergency medicalservices/International Association of Healthcare Central Service MaterialManagement (IAHCSMM)213 West Institute Place, Suite 307Chicago, IL 60610-9432 Field Services850 Marina Bay ParkwayBuilding P, 1st FloorRichmond, CA 95804-6304National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)101 Blue Seal Drive, S.E. Suite 101Leesburg, Virginia 20175Ph. # (703) 669-6600

Frequently Called NumbersArea Code 619OFFICEPHONEEXT.Academic Success Center. 482-6348Adjunct Faculty Voicemail. 482-6565Admissions. 482-6550Associated Student Organization (ASO) . 482-6443Assessment (Placement Testing) . 482-6385Athletics. 482-6370Basic Police Academy . 482-6462Bookstore. 482-6416Cafeteria. 482-6359Career Center. 421-6700. 5247Cashier’s Office. 482-6307Center for Technical Education andCareer Success (CTECS). 421-6700. 5805College Police . 482-6380Communications, Community andGovernmental Relations . 482-6304Continuing Education . 482-6376Counseling . 482-6317Disability Support Services . 482-6512Evaluations. 482-6326Evening Administrator . . 216-6640Extended Opportunities Programs andServices (EOPS) . 482-6456Facilities Use . 482-6319Financial Aid . 482-6357Fiscal Services . 482-6312Grade Information . 482-6550Health Services. 482-6354Higher Education Center at National City . . 216-6665Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa . . 216-6750Higher Education Center at San Ysidro . 216-6790Instructional Support Services . . 482-6442Learning Resource Center (Library) . 482-6397Nurse (Campus) . 482-6354Nursing Programs/Courses . 482-6352OFFICEPHONEOnline Learning Center. 482-6595Outreach . 482-6518Prerequisite Review . 216-6659Registration Information . 482-6550EXT.Schools and Departments:School of Arts and Communication . 482-6372School Continuing Education, Economicand Workforce Development. 482-6479School of Counseling and PersonalDevelopment. 482-6471School of Health, Exercise Science, and AthleticsDepartments of Applied Technology, CIS/Electronics, Admistration of Justice. 216-6626School of Language and Literature. 482-6461School of Mathematics, Science, andEngineering. 482-6459Social Sciences and Humanities. 482-6582Departments of Business, Accounting,Office Information Systems. 421-6700.5746Security . 482-6380Student Accounts. 482-6307Student Activities . 482-6568Student Employment Services. 482-6356Student Newspaper (Southwestern Sun). 482-6368Superintendent/President . 482-6301Tennis Courts and Tennis Center . 421-6622Theatre Box Office . 482-6367Transfer Center . . 482-6472Veterans . 482-6324Women’s Resource Center. 421-6700. 5625General Catalog 2012–2013Effective fall 2012 through summer 2013Southwestern College900 Otay Lakes RoadChula Vista, CA 91910-7299(619) 421-6700To request this material in an alternate format, contact Disability Support Services at619-482-6512 OR TTY 619-482-6470.2012-2013 Southwestern College Catalog

Getting to Know Southwestern CollegeDiversity InitiativeSouthwestern Community College District seeks to foster and engagediversity as integral to our learning community and in educationalexcellence. Diversity is valued as an essential cornerstone to civility,dignity, fairness, respect, and trust.Nondiscrimination StatementSouthwestern Community College District does not discriminateon the basis of race, color, religion, national origin,

Imperial Beach, National City, Nestor, Otay Mesa, Palm City, San Ysidro and Sunnyside. College Catalog Addendums: Addendums to the Southwestern Community College Catalog can be found at Addendums contain important updates to graduation, degree and